ANDREW WITHINGTON - MUSIC DIRECTOR
MMus(Hons) [Auckland], MusB(Hons) [Canterbury], ATCL, GDipT
Andrew took on the role of Christchurch City Choir Music Director in January 2014. A major goal is to grow the Choir, and the ongoing Sing for the City campaign has resulted in 45 successful auditions since the start of the year. Andrew is also keen to include more contemporary and New Zealand works in the Choir’s annual programme.
Andrew began his career in choral conducting when he was appointed Musical Director of the Christchurch Boys’ Choir in 1997.
In 2000, he completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours Degree at the University of Canterbury, majoring in conducting children’s choirs, orchestration and analysis, and was awarded the prestigious Vernon Griffith’s Prize for Outstanding Musical Leadership.
After three years as a primary school teacher, Andrew moved to Auckland for a year and gained a Master of Music with First Class Honours Degree in Performance Choral Conducting, studying with Associate Professor, Dr. Karen Grylls. During his Master’s programme, he majored in conducting secondary and tertiary choirs, and represented New Zealand in a masterclass at the World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. During this time, he was also Choirmaster at King’s Preparatory School and Assistant Conductor of Key Cygnetures at Westlake Girls’ High School.
Following a long association with the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, Andrew was the Musical Director in 2011 and 2012, receiving a Life Membership of the Association in 2013 for his contributions. In 2011, he was Musical Director of Christchurch Sings! as part of the Christchurch Arts’ Festival.
In 2008, Andrew was appointed Musical Director of the prestigious New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, performing in New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia. At the 2010 Kathaumixw competition in Canada, the Choir received ‘The People’s Choice Award’, first place in the adult mixed choir competition, second place in the youth choir competition, and second place in the folk and cultural tradition competition.
Currently, Andrew is studying towards a doctorate in choral pedagogy at the University of Canterbury. He is the conductor of the University of Canterbury Chamber Choir (Consortia) and Vocal Consort (Consortia 16), and teaches conducting and musicianship.
Andrew has sung Tenor and Bass in Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and in the New Zealand Youth Choir. He is in high demand as a choral conductor, adjudicator and clinician; is an advisor for the Association of Choral Directors for the New Zealand Choral Federation; and has been involved as a tutor at the International Summer School in Choral Conducting.